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Most instructors have, at some point or another, felt their enthusiasm for class deflate, if only momentarily. Teaching becomes challenging when faced with students who are visibly disengaged, routinely unprepared, or seemingly interested in one question alone: "Will this be on the final?"
Research on motivation and learning suggests that students are motivated to learn when:
Instructors can use these research findings to motivate students by:
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Kirk, Karin. "Motivating Students." On the Cutting Edge: Strong Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching. National Association of Geology Teachers.
"Motivating Students." Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.
Svinicki, Marilla D. (2004). Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom. Bolton, MA: Anker.
--. (2005). "Student Goal Orientation, Motivation and Learning." IDEA Paper #41.
Find more information on motivating students at the Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment's blog.